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UPDATE: ECU Reacts to Governor’s upcoming arena restriction relaxing

ECU leaders said, “We are aware of the announcement today to increase capacity to seven percent and are excited to welcome additional fans beginning with our Oct. 17 game against Navy.”
Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 2:44 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2020 at 5:38 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Governor Roy Cooper is giving outdoor venues with a capacity of more than ten thousand a heads up that they might be able to start inviting guests back in starting next Friday.

October 2nd marks the end of the governor’s most recent phase 2.5 Executive Order, though he says much of what is in it, namely social distancing and mask requirements, will be signed in a new Executive Order.

The governor says starting next Friday, those outdoor venues and arenas with a capacity of more than 10,000 will reopen at 7% capacity.

For example, Dowdy Ficklen Stadium at ECU has a capacity of 50,000 people and would allow 3,500 people inside the stadium.

ECU Executive Associate AD for External Operations Ryan Robinson said ECU has plans to accommodate more fans safely.

“We are aware of the announcement today to increase capacity to seven percent and are excited to welcome additional fans beginning with our Oct. 17 game against Navy. With the COVID-19 pandemic, ECU Athletics has implemented numerous safety protocols and measures to protect all spectators who attend games. Our staff has developed a detailed plan to communicate with our fans next week. All seats will be assigned based off priority,” Robinson said.

The governor also announced today a new relief program for small businesses.

“I’m pleased to announce that my administration will stand up the North Carolina Mortgage Utility and Rent Relief program that will direct $40 million to small businesses. This program will use federal CARES act funding to cover rent mortgage and utility costs for qualifying businesses. This initiative will offer help to small businesses that lost revenue between April and July because of COVID-19,” Cooper said.

NC DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen also announced the launch of a new app that can help inform North Carolinians if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

You can read more about that here https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/slowcovidnc

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